MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of a prominent Syrian opposition group has strongly criticized Russia's position on the country's conflict during a visit to Moscow.
Hours after meeting with Russia's foreign minister, Syrian National Council leader Abdelbaset Sieda on Wednesday told a news conference that "The Syrian people are suffering because of Russia, because of the position it has taken, because of its veto in the UN Security Council."
Russia opposes international intervention in the conflict that activists say has killed more than 17,000 people and has used its veto power to block UN condemnations of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
Sieda also said the SNC is demanding that "all representatives of the ruling regime" in Syria step down and no dialogue with the regime is possible until Assad leaves power.
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